My kids have had the fantastic experience of performing in a Shakespeare play with our local homeschool group so we already had our eye on the Bard, but I loved experiencing “How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare” by Ken Ludwig. This is a hands-on, BRAIN-on approach to reading, interpreting, understanding, reciting, and memorizing key passages from the Bard’s best works. One chapter builds on the next to move from plays that are easier to understand to more complex stories as you and your children get an introduction to and overview of Shakespeare’s work.
The focus of the book is memorizing the key passages. I really like the memorization steps involved because I feel like to be able to recite something from memory makes it your own in a completely different way from simply being familiar with it. My kids are proud of being able to recite passages from Shakespeare and love to use them in conversation or when discussing another subject. It’s something they don’t get a lot of from other sources, so this was a great addition to our homeschooling lives.
I also think the entire structure of the book is set up in a great way to work and learn right along with my kids, which is their favorite part of homeschooling (well, that and the fact that their young brains memorized the passages faster than my old brain did!).
** This book was provided to me for the purposes of this review by Random House. The opinions are my own. **